Cricket: Record-maker Virat Kohli powers India to 321-6 in 2nd ODI

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli during the cricket match between India and West Indies at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Oct 24, 2018.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli during the cricket match between India and West Indies at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Oct 24, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

VISAKHAPATNAM (AFP) - Skipper Virat Kohli became the fastest-ever batsman to reach 10,000 one-day international runs, smashing an unbeaten 157 as India posted 321 for six against the West Indies on Wednesday.

Kohli crossed the 10,000-run milestone in his 205th innings in Viskhapatnam before proceeding to belt his second successive ton of the five-match series.

The 29-year-old surpassed fellow Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar, who first crossed the mark in 259 innings in 2001. He is just the 13th batsman, and fifth Indian, to join the elite list.

Nicknamed "King Kohli", the prolific run-getter was dropped on 44 by his opposite number Jason Holder off debutant Obed McCoy and made full use of the reprieve.

He put on 139 runs for third wicket with Ambati Rayudu, who made 73.

India elected to bat first but lost their openers early for 40 runs. Rayudu took stock along with Kohli to rebuild the innings and counter-attack before being bowled by spinner Ashley Nurse.

It was an all Kohli show after that, with the star batsman smashing the ball to all parts of the ground.

Kohli took a single off Nurse to eclipse the 10,000-run mark, before going on to score a hundred with a boundary off Marlon Samuels.

Kohli hit 13 fours and 4 sixes to take the steam out of the opposition's bowling, passing 1,000 ODI runs in just 11 matches this year.

Kohli made India take 61 runs from the final 30 deliveries as the hosts look to double their lead.

India won their opening match Sunday, with Kohli making 140.

Following is the list of the top 15 run-scorers in the 50-overs format (player/matches/innings/runs): Sachin Tendulkar (India) 463 452 18426

Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 404 380 14234

Ricky Ponting (Australia) 375 365 13704

Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) 445 433 13430

Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) 448 418 12650

Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 378 350 11739

Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 328 314 11579

Sourav Ganguly (India) 311 300 11363

Rahul Dravid (India) 344 318 10889

Brian Lara (West Indies) 299 289 10405

Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka) 330 303 10290

MS Dhoni* (India) 329 279 10143

Virat Kohli* (India) 213 205 10076

Chris Gayle* (West Indies) 284 279 9727

Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan) 288 273 9720 * denotes active players